Stop Encouraging Parents to Keep Guns in Children’s Rooms

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Target: Rob Pincus, owner of I.C.E. Training

Goal: Discontinue spreading dangerous information that advises parents to store guns in their children’s rooms

According to a “Home Defense Concepts” seminar and video offered at the National Rifle Association Annual Meeting, parents should store guns in their children’s rooms. The rationale is that this is the first place a parent will run during a home invasion, so it where a defense weapon should be stored. This practice is not only irresponsible, it is potentially deadly. Ask the company who released this video to recall the video and any other advice that recommends this dangerous practice.

I.C.E. Training is a full service company that offers training to armed professionals and those interested in self-defense. The company offers training in firearms and other modes of defense. The owner, Rob Pincus, presented the alarming advice of putting a gun in a safe if your children’s room at the NRA’s annual conference, and reinforces this practice in his videos.

More than 1.7 million children already live in homes with loaded and unlocked guns. This is a danger enough, never mind storing a gun in the room the child frequents most and is unsupervised in most. This idea is especially foolish given the high incidence of accidental firearm injuries and deaths involving children. A Center for Disease Control study of 30,000 incidents of children killed by accidental firearm discharge found kids aged 0-4 were 17 times more likely to be killed in a gun accident in the states with the four highest levels of gun ownership than those with the four lowest.

Every week we hear about another tragedy involving children and firearms. Recently, a five-year-old boy accidentally shot his two-year-old sister to death. Advice like Pincus’ will only allow these horrible accidents to keep happening. Urge Rob Pincus and I.C.E. Training to truly keep people safe from guns- ask him to redact the video and the advice it contains.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Rob Pincus,

You recently spoke at the NRA Annual Meeting about methods of home defense, sharing the idea that parents should keep a gun in their children’s rooms so that they can access it more quickly in the event of a home invasion. This idea is extremely dangerous. Children should never be near guns, and safes are not always enough to keep a gun out of reach.

In 2010 alone, over 900 children were killed or injured by gun accidents. You say in your video that parents should be able to teach their children how to handle (or not handle) guns properly, but this is simply not enough. Even the best-behaved of children are curious. If the gun is stored in their room, where they will often be unsupervised, it is much more likely that children will be able to get their hands on a gun. In this event, you are making families less safe rather than safer. Please take the video with this advice out of circulation and discontinue the dissemination of this dangerous advice.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Siavash Laghai

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2 Comments

  1. Whoaaa….are you saying my 20 month old knows how to crack a safe?! According to your 2010 statistics, 0.05294117647058823% of 1.7 million children die via firearm accidents. And that isn’t accounting for those who keep firearms unloaded and locked up. So the real percentage of children killed by firearm incidents is probably closer to 0.0018% (estimated 50 million homes with guns), which is actually 96.6% lower than your claim. FYI: I got my numbers from pro-gun control sites. But wait…not all those homes have children. Census data says roughly 18-28% of homes have children so I’ll apply the mean of 10% to 50 million homes with firearms, which gives us around 5 million homes with firearms (both loaded and unloaded….since it’s impossible to determine how someone keeps their firearms…especially from a likely-biased poll). This would mean that 0.018% of children in homes with guns (loaded or unloaded) have been killed by a firearm, which is closer to 65% lower than your first claim. That’s a pretty big margin. Take a look at these percentages of child deaths: Perinatal Conditions, 17.7%, Congenital Anomalies, 8.4%, Neoplasms, 2.8%, Respiratory Disease, 1.8%, Circulatory Disease, 2.0%, Nervous System Disease, 2.0%, SIDS, 3.0%, Motor Vehicle, 8.1%, Drowning, 1.3%, Fire/Burn, 0.7%, Poisoning, 1.2%, Suffocation/Strangulation, 1.5%. Until recently, all science knew for sure about SIDS was that certain environmental factors increased an infant’s risk of suddenly dying, including exposure to alcohol and drugs while in the womb, premature birth, low birth weight, exposure to second-hand smoke after birth, and sleeping on his or her belly. It’s this last one that has seemed to play the greatest role in SIDS, and a highly publicized campaign about a decade ago got many parents to put their infants to sleep on their backs, which quickly decreased the SIDS rate by 40 to 50 percent. Are you kidding me?! So bad parenting is 99.4% more deadly than a family with a gun in their home!? Oh my gosh. Surely we should ban parents and start petitions to stop them! Hmmm…upon closer look…it looks like much of what kills children is closely attributed to improper supervision by parents, bad habits by parents, or poor diet attributed to bad parenting. Let’s start a petition to get parents out of this world….because no child should be near a parent.

    • BT Wilson says:

      Keep the kids out of the car too. I keep my guns in my room, the kids keep their guns in their own rooms, there in not enough room for me to keep all the guns in any one room.

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